Testimonials

Reviews by The Miramichi Reader have been quoted on various author’s websites, have been linked to from several publishing houses as well as used as blurbs in final print editions. If you would like to create a testimonial, scroll down the page where you will find a form to fill. Thanks!

The Miramichi Reader is a Shining Star

Thank you so much for your insightful read of Watermark, and your appreciation for diversity in writing, voice and style. It’s wonderful to have your literary presence shining out on the East Coast, providing much needed literary review, conversation and public discussion of writing and books. I was so delighted with your review of my work, and your support for the short story form. The range of books you read and critique is so impressive. Keep sparkling!

Christy Ann Conlin

James M. Fisher does his homework!

James does his homework. He penned a lovely review of The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings demonstrating extensive research in the preparation of his comments. He has given flash fiction equal footing with the Group of Seven in this thoughtful and well-written review, clearly understanding the raison d’être of this book. Mr. Fisher’s treatment of the material further reveals a keen appreciation of the intersection between art and literature. I am grateful for his highlighting several of the Contributors, including referencing their works, literary publications, and awards.  

– A great pleasure. 

Karen Schauber

In these times…. a lighthouse!

Yes, a lighthouse! That is the best way I can describe the Miramichi Reader and the work of Mr. James Fisher. It is not that the sea is in turmoil and raging. No! But the calm is suffocating at times. And the Miramichi Reader carefully and laboriously sorts through that calm–a calm that is often stultifying, when it comes to recognizing the efforts of writers, poets and authors. Mr. Fisher delves into the mind of the authors and produces a storm of recognition for all of us who write, not only for ourselves but for a better world. His efforts at popularizing writers, who in his mind have scored, seems like an exemplary journey he has embarked upon.

Rana Bose

With Grateful Thanks to a Dedicated Reviewer!

It’s hard to adequately describe one’s appreciation for The Miramichi Reader and thereby of course, to James M. Fisher. While I like to believe James and I are friends, I always rely on his objectivity when it comes to my books and I am so greatly appreciative of his insights and observations. Jim’s attention to detail, plot, dialogue, context and tone, not just to my books, but all the books, is outstanding, and his commitment and passion to Canadian literature of all genres are second to none.

Lisa de Nikolits

The Miramichi Reader Gets to the Soul of Blindshot, A First Novel by Denis Coupal

I enthusiastically offer this testimonial for The Miramichi Reader’s incredibly thoughtful, insightful review of my first novel BLINDSHOT. I couldn’t be more pleased with the approach taken in the review and how, clearly, the book was read with extreme care and diligence. Wow. The MR really understood my book and its characters, bringing full attention to the soul of the book, its inspirations from Norse mythology, and the progression of the plot. So pleased to read: “Blindshot lived up to my expectations (and even exceeded them at times)”! This review exceeded my own expectations as the author of a first thriller. Readers such as The Miramichi Reader are an inspiration to sit down and write more! With great respect. Denis Coupal

Denis Coupal

Thanks a bunch!

Thank you for taking to the time to read and review “Being Mary Ro“. I love to read all your reviews and follow you on Facebook. I appreciate your views on the reading material and the variety of genres you cover. Keep up the great work.

Flanker Press quoted part of your review on my new book “The Promise”.

Praise for Being Mary Ro:

“I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying Being Mary Ro. The material is suitable for mature young readers, contains small sketches (by Melissa Ashley Cromarty), and is an excellent first novel by Ms. Linehan Young”

Ida Linehan Young

Skill, insight, and excellent critical thinking

James Fisher is one of those rare individuals who possess the skill, insight, and excellent critical thinking skills to intelligently dissect a piece of writing and get to its “core.” As an author, it is not professional to correct misunderstandings by critics or readers. With Mr. Fisher, this is not even a concern, as he has clearly read very widely, enabling him to understand an author’s approach, technique, and literary “tools,” and to understand them well. He does not engage in mere criticism for its own sake. Rather, he provides thoughtful, objective critiques which accentuate the positive, and put not only the work he is discussing, but also himself, in the most positive light imaginable.

Matthew de Lacey Davidson

Thanks to The Reader.

James Fisher leaves honest, compelling reviews. Thanks for taking the time to review my novels.

Allan Hudson

Hub for Writers and Writing

The Miramichi Reader is truly a central spot for writers and readers, particularly those who are interested in Atlantic Canadian fiction. I first found out about James Fisher’s work when I was researching a book. As a reviewer, I find his reviews to have an excellent balance between analysis of the text and a more basic appreciation of whether or not a book is entertaining. As a writer, I really depend on Jim and reviewers like him for honest and detailed feedback. Without his work, I’d have a really tough time trying to figure out what I was doing well and what I needed to work on. I wish that more people, academics, readers, and writers all had a sense of just how central Jim is to the cultural products of Atlantic Canada. I really appreciate him and respect his efforts.

Tom Halford

Gary Collins, Author of The Last Beothuk, Desperation: The Queen of Swansea and Left to Die

“I have had many reviews of my books. None more focused than yours.”

Gary Collins

Robin Philpot, Publisher, Baraka Books

“Just a note to say how much we appreciate your work and your careful and thoughtful reading and reviews (even if you don’t like some of our books). It would be great if more people would take our publications as seriously as you do.”

Robin Philpot

Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women.

“[…] it [the review] captured what, as a writer, I was aiming for. That doesn’t often happen! You seem to review a book for what it is, not what you’d prefer it to be.”

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Jerrod Edson, Author of The Moon is Real

“Thank you ever so much for taking the time to review my book. I really appreciate the kind words, and especially your keen eye for detail. Again, very much appreciated.”

Jerrod Edson

Nicola Davison, Author of In the Wake

“Thank you for taking the time to read my first book. I’m just tickled with your review.”

Nicola Davison

Pratap Reddy, Author of Ramya’s Treasure

“Too overwhelmed by the lovely review for my ‘Ramya’ to collect my thoughts sufficiently to thank you properly…! One thing for sure I will treasure it.”

Pratap Reddy

Aaron Kreuter, author of  You and Me, Belonging

“You singlehandedly do so much for the literary community in Canada, it is really commendable.”

Aaron Kreuter

Carol Bruneau, Author of A Circle on the Surface

“We’re lucky beyond words to have…The Miramichi Reader in our corner, and so grateful for all the time and effort he devotes to reading and reviewing books.”

Carol Bruneau

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